The Department of State Services (DSS) has denounced the altercation that broke out between its employees and Nigerian Correctional Service authorities.
The DSS spokesperson, Peter Afunanya, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that the DSS had not broken any laws in how it had handled Emefiele’s case.
“For emphasis, the DSS has not broken any laws in handling the Emefiele case despite efforts by some elements to skew the narratives to the contrary. The service had since alerted the public of sinister plots to discredit its leadership.
“In pursuit of its assignments, it will strive to remain professional, maintain ethical standards and a high sense of discipline. The Service will ensure that it will not be used for clout and fame chasing or delusional heroism,” Afunanya said in the statement.
Afunanya urged well-meaning Nigerians to assist the service in achieving the intended security goals for the country, saying it remained focused on its national security mandate.
He added that the agency has started an investigation into the matter but claimed that the staff of the two agencies had shown “undue overzealousness.”
“The incident was unfortunate and does not in any way reflect the professional disposition of the DSS; the service did not and would never encourage the incident under reference; the service has tremendous respect for the Judiciary as an Arm and Institution of Government and will not go out of its way to undermine it.
“The DSS recognises the judiciary as a critical component in nation-building, national development, and security management. Also, the service has robust working relationships with sister security and law enforcement agencies including the NCoS.
“While noting that the personnel from both agencies exhibited undue overzealousness, the service has further initiated detailed investigations into the matter.”
A mild drama played out at the Federal High Court, Lagos State, on Tuesday, between DSS operatives and officials of Nigeria Correctional Service as they tussled over who keeps custody of Emefiele.
Emefiele was arraigned by the Federal Ministry of Justice for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition but was granted bail in the sum of N20m with one surety, following his “not guilty” plea.
As the defendant’s lawyers were trying to perfect his bail conditions, a mild drama played out within the court premises between DSS operatives who are fully hooded and NCS over who will take custody of the embattled CBN boss.